Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is a moderate tier resort located in the Animal Kingdom area on Disney property. It’s broken down into three sections-Casitas, Ranchos, and Cabanas. These encircle a 22 acre lake. This resort is a Southwestern/Mexican themed resort. Surrounding the 22 acre lake are small beach areas, with hammocks to enjoy the view. The rooms at this resort are either 2 queen beds or 1 king size bed. Each room comes with a small refrigerator, pack and play upon request, hair dryer, coffee maker, and other amenities.
One of the best parts of Coronado Springs Resort is it’s pool-the Dig Site. Here your kids will enjoy a fun water slide, a Mayan pyramid, and a playground. There are also small areas of sand where they can dig and play, along with an arcade, ping pong tables, and a beach volleyball court. Poolside you’ll also find a quick service dining snack bar that serves drinks, small meals, and ice cream treats. Since Pepper Market is quite a walk from the pool, our family took advantage of this snack bar several times.
Coronado Springs hosts some of the best restaurants on all of Disney property. They range from quick service, to poolside, to table service.
- Pepper Market. Here you’ll find several “stations” where your order is cooked fresh and hot. Quesadillas, tacos, pastas, pizzas and other kid friendly foods await your family in an “open air” themed market. You are greeted by a host or hostess who seats you, and the wait staff is superb. It’s almost a “table service” experience at a QSD credit. Cafe Rix and Siestas Cantina will also get you some quick food and drinks while at the resort.
- Maya Grill, the table service restaurant at Coronado Springs, serves Tex-Mex food in a Mayan atmosphere. Maya Grill is open for dinner only.
- Laguna Bar, Siestas Cantina, and Rix Lounge will provide you with drinks and appetizers after a long day in the parks.
Some tips to keep in mind when staying at Disney’s Coronado Springs resort:
- Disney buses transport you to every park and Downtown Disney. Since this an extremely large resort, plan on being at the bus stop plenty early to set out for your day.
- As this is a large resort, there are often conventions held here. It’s a good idea to call ahead when planning your trip to try to schedule your visit when there isn’t a convention at Coronado Springs.
- The sink area can be closed off with sliding wood doors, allowing for privacy and quiet while getting ready in the morning.
- Plan on filling your drink mugs or getting a meal around leaving or returning to the resort during the day. I say this because some of the rooms can be quite a walk from Pepper Market.
- The rooms are a bit more spacious than the other moderate resorts, and every room has queen beds or a king. Not every moderate provides two queen beds.
Overall, we give this Disney resort a “B+”.
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